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Author: Randy Buchman
Posted: 05/31/2014 - 8:18pm

It has been quite some time since I have written in this blog. And seeing that the last post was one where I wrote of a health scare that happened to me a couple of months ago on the Antietam Battlefield, I thought it might be prudent to write that any report of my demise is greatly exaggerated.

Actually, today, I spoke at a Civil War event in my home town of Williamsport – where on “Doubleday Hill” that overlooks the city and Potomac River, there was a celebration...

Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/31/2014 - 7:06am
On May 21, 1864, the soldiers of the 48th Pennsylvania left Spotsylvania behind, though the memories of the sanguine fields there would never drift far from the memories of those who survived the bloodshed.  The regiment turned left. . .and continued moving south; after nearly four weeks of unimaginable loss and steady, sustained, and heavy combat, General Grant decided to "keep moving on," attempting once more to place the Army of the Potomac between Lee's...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/29/2014 - 2:00pm
I can’t recall that I’ve posted anything much on this item here before. On Henry Hill there is a monument to Colonel (identified as General on the plaque) Francis Bartow. Here it is: Shortly after the battle, and long before the installation of the above, there was constructed the first monument on the field, to […]
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/29/2014 - 10:25am
Author: (Mannie Gentile)
Posted: 05/23/2014 - 10:14am
As regular readers know, I'm no longer at Antietam; a fact that makes me unhappy...wah wah wah.

I have a post-it on my computer that greets me every day, it says: "Get over it", and believe me, I need that daily reminder.

Here's how it came to pass:

Exactly eight years ago I started as a seasonal interpretive park ranger (GS5 was the paygrade) at Antietam National Battlefield - the finest park in the National Park system.  I was as happy as could be,...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/21/2014 - 4:41pm
Just a quickie here. New in the Emerging Civil War series from Savas Beatie is another by NPSers Daniel Davis and Philip Greenwalt, Hurricane from the Heavens: The Battle of Cold Harbor, May 26 – June 5, 1864. You know the drill: a concise narrative of the events of the campaign in question; good, clear, […]
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/17/2014 - 6:21am
"Amid sharp and incessant skirmishing, during the thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth [of May] the trenches and batteries were strengthened and improved in every way possible," wrote regimental historian Oliver Bosbyshell. "A strong demonstration to feel the enemy was made on the sixteenth, resulting in northing more than the development of a large force on his part. Skirmish firing was incessant, making life at the front most unhappy."

With little activity and while dodging...
Author: (John David Hoptak)
Posted: 05/13/2014 - 9:16am
The war had changed. Instead of a battle fought once every few weeks, now it was every single day. . .and the casualties attested to this new, relentless form of combat. Numbers vary but approximately 30,000 men fell dead, wounded, or went listed as missing-in-action during the two-week struggle at Spotsylvania. The deadliest day, however, was May 12.
May 12 was an especially destructive day in the ranks of the 48th Pennsylvania as 129 of its soldiers became casualties that Thursday...
Author: Harry Smeltzer
Posted: 05/13/2014 - 9:07am
My, how things change.
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